You go out to the garage and get into your car. After getting your seatbelt in place and reverse out of the driveway, you reach up and hit the garage door clicker. And then it starts. Instead of hearing the normal noises of the garage door going down, you hear a sound like you have never heard before. It might be a scraping, a popping, or a squeaking. The sound may be loud or just different. No matter what though, the noise has you wondering what exactly is going on. So why exactly is your garage door making such a terrible noise?
Where is the noise coming from?
A garage or overhead door system is actually a group of individual components that have to work together correctly to do its job smoothly. If you go out and look at your garage door, you will see this for yourself. Take a look at all the components: the door, the door tracks, the springs, the garage door opener, and the sensor system. When it comes to the scraping, popping, or squeaking noises, those generally come from the door, the door track, the springs, or the garage door opener.
How could the door or the door track make those noises?
For a garage door to work smoothly in the door tracks, the door has to be perfectly aligned and balanced. This means the door is not leaning too far to one side or the other. The door tracks must be solid and straight. The springs that help with pulling the door up and down must have the same amount of tension on either side to keep things in alignment. When the door begins to lean to one side, the wheels that guide it along the track will begin to squeal in protest. When the tracks are out of alignment, this also happens. At first it will be subtle, but as the misalignment becomes worse, the noises will become louder and more obvious.
How could the garage door opener make those noises?
Your garage door opener is a machine, pure and simple. For it to work properly, the garage door needs to be balanced and aligned. Also, the motor itself needs to be in good working order. If the garage door goes out of alignment, or if one of the springs has come loose or broken, or the door track becomes loose, the opener will have to start working harder. That is when the opener itself may start making terrible noises. You may hear the belt or chain squeal. The motor may start grinding. None of those noises are good signs.
What can you do about your garage door's terrible sound?
The best solution to handle the scraping, popping, and squealing sounds is to call in an overhead door professionals. Willow Creek Overhead Door provides repair and maintenance service on overhead and garage doors, both residential and commercial. Such a repair is best left to the professionals who understand how all the components work together and how to spot a problem to fix it. This reputable Amarillo garage door company offer free estimates for installation and repairs for overhead doors and garage doors as well. Call the Amarillo garage door specialists today.